Speech and Hearing Research Group, 
Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield, UK


Experience and competence

The Speech and Hearing Research Group (SPandH) was established in 1986. Since then, it has gained an international reputation for research in the fields of speech technology and computational hearing.  An aspect of the group which makes it unique in the United Kingdom is the wide spectrum of research topics covered, from the psychology of hearing through to the engineering of large vocabulary speech recognition systems. Major themes in SPandH research are: SPandH is currently funded by the EC ESPRIT Long Term Research Programme, the EU TMR programme, the UK EPSRC funding agency, the Hearing Trust, the UK NHS, DERA, Motorola and Nokia.

Role in the project

Prof Phil Green of Sheffield acted as coordinator for the SPHEAR network and is proposed as coordinator for HOARSE.  Sheffield’s main technical contributions to HOARSE are in task 1.1 (the neuronal oscillator work) and multisource decoding with missing data (tasks 1.2, 4.1). Sheffield is also involved in the application work of task 5. Sheffield is supplying the CTK package which will be used in several tasks.

Research linkages

As coordinating site, Sheffield has established good relationships with all SPHEAR labs.

Principal research personnel, expertise and involvement

  • Dr. Guy Brown, B.Sc. (CNAA), Ph.D. (Sheffield), Senior Lecturer in Computer Science: expertise in auditory and speech perception, computational auditory scene analysis. Involvement 6 man-months.
  • Dr. Martin Cooke, BSc.(Manchester), Ph.D. (Sheffield), Reader in Computer Science: expertise in auditory and speech perception, computational auditory scene analysis. Involvement 3 man-months.
  • Prof. Phil Green, B.Sc. (Reading), Ph.D. (Keele), Chair  in Computer Science: expertise in speech processing, automatic speech recognition. Involvement 9 man-months (project coordination), 6 man-months (research).
  • Dr. Steve Renals, B.Sc. (Sheffield), Ph.D. (Edinburgh), Reader in Computer Science: expertise in automatic speech recognition and applications. Involvement 3 man-months.


    Recent publications

  • P.D. Green, J. Barker, M.P. Cooke and L. Josifovski (2001), Handling Missing and Unreliable Infor-mation in Speech Recognition, AISTATS 2001, Florida, pp. 49-56.
  • G. J. Brown & D. L. Wang (2000) An oscillatory correlation framework for computational auditory scene analysis. In Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 12, edited by S. A. Solla, T. K. Leen and K. Muller, MIT Press, pp. 747-753.